The Obama Administration continues to push for the passage of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia that would devastate small farmers and potentially increase violence against labor leaders and minorities. The agreement will soon move to Congress and will likely pass if members are not informed of the deadly consequences of the FTA.
This agreement would encourage more large-scale agricultural, mining and other resource extraction projects that would push many Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities off their ancestral lands and into greater poverty. As for Colombia’s small-scale farmers still living on their lands, experience with similar agreements such as NAFTA has taught us that the unjust agricultural provisions of this trade agreement will make it even harder for these already struggling families to produce enough to survive.
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